• PSAT 
    We recommend that students take the PSAT in October of their Junior year. This test is only offered once a year at MVHS. This test is a great preparation for the SAT and it is the only test that can qualify you for the National Merit Scholarship. You can also take the PSAT as a sophomore for further preparation for the PSAT you'll take junior year, as well as a trial run of the SAT. Click here for more information on the PSAT. The PSAT (Preliminary SAT), qualifies you for the National Merit Scholarship. It is also a wonderful test to help you practice for the SAT.

    The PSAT measures:
    • Critical reading skills
    • Math problem-solving skills
    • Writing skills 
    Why Take the PSAT? 
    • Receive feedback on your strengths and weaknesses on skills necessary for college study.
    • See how your performance on an admissions test might compare with that of others applying to college.
    • Enter the completion for scholarships from National Merit Scholarships (grade 11).
    • Help prepare for the SAT.
    • Receive information from colleges when you check "yes" to the Student Search Service. 

    We recommend that current junior students take the SAT and/or the ACT in the winter or spring of their junior year. It is a good idea to do this, rather than wait until your senior year, as it leaves you plenty of time for a second try if you're not happy with your score. It also leaves you time to focus on your college application in the fall of your senior year.  

    SAT II tests  are a way for students to show their thorough knowledge of a certain subject, as well as their academic interest and determination to succeed. Selective colleges will often ask you to take SAT II subject tests to show your mastery in certain subject areas. Sometimes they let you pick the subjects that you take, and sometimes they will request specific subject tests. 

    The SAT/SATII/ACT tests may be paid for with a fee waiver. In order to learn more about fee waivers, please come and talk to your counselor in the counseling office.

    The SAT tests the subject matter learned by students in high school and how well they apply that knowledge, through critical thinking, mathematics and writing. 
    • Three sections test critical reading (70 minutes total)
    • Three sections test mathematics (70 Minutes total)
    • Three sections test writing (60 minutes total)
    • One variable (unscored) section tests critical reading, mathematics, or writing (25 minutes total)
    Why Take The SAT? 
    • All colleges accept the SAT as an objective measurement of students' college readiness.
    • Taking the SAT gives students access to scholarship opportunities
    • Many colleges require the SAT or ACT as an entrance requirement. 

    The ACT tests what students have learned in high school courses in English, Mathematics and Science. 

    Sections Include: 
    • English: 45 minutes
    • Math: 60 minutes
    • Reading: 35 minutes
    • Science: 35 minutes
    • Optional Writing: 30 minutes
    Why Take The ACT? 
    • Taking the ACT gives students access to scholarship opportunities.
    • There is no penalty for guessing on the ACT.
    • Many colleges require the ACT or the SAT as an entrance requirement. 

    SAT II- Subject Tests
    Some colleges will require that you take SAT II Subject Tests. Subject tests are a way for students to show their thorough knowledge of a certain subject, as well as their academic interest and determination to succeed.